Moose Blood at Irving Plaza

Moose Blood, a British emo-punk band from Canterbury, England, sold out Irving Plaza last night. They played a lot of their new songs from the album, I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore, which most of the crowd didn’t seem to vibe with. One guy shouted, ‘Your new album sucks!’ during a pause of one of the songs they were playing. The people around him laughed in agreement. Unsure if vocalist/guitarist Eddy Brewerton heard him, but he seemed unphased of the comment. Musicians know when their albums do well or not, so he probably shook it off.

Nonetheless, the band played a lively show despite Eddy having lost his voice due to being sick. He sang as if there was nothing wrong, but when he would talk to the crowd, his voice would crack and die out. It was amazing to hear that weakness in his voice, to be powerful and on key when he was performing. Poor lad must be taking a beating on his vocal chords for having an entire tour to keep up with.

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Moose Blood played some of their old songs as well, which the crowd erupted for when they heard the familiar intro. From their 2014 album, I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time, they played favorites like Gum, Cherry, Swim Down, and Bukowski. The band played for over an hour and covered songs from their last three albums.

The crowd was easy to navigate through, that is until you hit the one “mosh pit”. It was more of a push and shove pit. Consisting of mostly guys, this sad excuse for a mosh pit to a band that is known for their singing and melodies became a massive chaotic pushpit. People were getting shoved from front to back, with multiple people falling on the floor, and crowd surfers falling into the pit. Guys were being too aggressive and if you were anywhere near their pushpit, you were getting trampled on or pushed down to the ground. It was one of the most annoying crowds to be in for that reason. No dancing, no actual moshing, but an unnecessary shove-fest of bumbling idiots. Stay clear of the pushpit if you plan on catching Moose Blood for the rest of their tour. They’re playing in Philly tonight at the Theatre of the Living Arts and tomorrow in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony.

To see videos from this show go to Stars & Scars!

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